History

 

What is history?

Everything we see around us of human construction, from constitutions to popular culture, is a product of our history. The discipline of history provides an opportunity to develop research and writing skills through the study of fascinating aspects of our past.

 

Why study history?

Most of the courses in the department provide students with the opportunity to ask clear questions about the past, develop and articulate concise answers, and provide good evidence for these answers. History students develop critical thinking, research and writing skills that will prepare them for many types of careers. Many of our students have gone on to law school, entered the heritage sector, or pursued careers in such professional areas as education, libraries and archives or the civil service.

Courses available in first year:

History/Archaeology1005 
Critical Reading and Writing: Aboriginal Peoples introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on North American Aboriginal History. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1009
Critical Reading and Writing: The Medieval and Ancient World introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on the medieval and/or the ancient world. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Artsavailable at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1010
Critical Reading and Writing: The Americas introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on the Americas. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1011
Critical Reading and Writing: Modern Europe introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on modern Europe. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1012
Critical Reading and Writing: The Twentieth Century introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on the twentieth century. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1013
Critical Reading and Writing: Canada introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on Canada. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1014
Critical Reading and Writing: The United States introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on the United States. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1015
Critical Reading and Writing: Social and Cultural History introduces students to reading and writing skills required for success in university, including the analysis of scholarly literature and primary sources. Significant class time is spent on instruction in these skills. Students practice analytical reading and writing through class discussion and assignments on themes in Social and Cultural History. All sections of this course follow CRW guidelines for the Bachelor of Arts available at www.mun.ca/arts/crw.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1100
Introduction to History (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an introduction to the study and writing of history which will emphasize the concepts of history through a thematic approach to the history of Western civilization from ca. 1500 to ca. 1815.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

History 1101
Introduction to History (available only at Grenfell Campus) is an introduction to the study and writing of history which will emphasize the concepts of history through a combination of research and writing within a thematic approach to the history of Western civilization from ca. 1815 to the present. Students in their first year normally take History 1100 and History 1101
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Note: History students may use only one first-year course to meet the requirements of their major or minor.

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history will normally take the following courses in their first year:

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090critical reading & writing course (CRW) from major subject area
language study (LS) course language study (LS) course
quantitative reasoning (QR) course quantitative reasoning ( QR) course 
1000-level history course2000-level history course
elective courseelective course

 


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

 

Contact information

For additional information please contact:

St. John’s Campus
Dr. M. Cassis
mcassis@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/history

Grenfell Campus
Dr. Rainer Baehre
rbaehre@grenfell.mun.ca
www.grenfell.mun.ca/arts/historical-studies

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca